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Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life, and saved their tiny Pacific Northwest town of Timbers from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they just want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their mysterious houseboat clubhouse. And also figure out their new Torchbearer responsibilities as keepers of the Darkd Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life, and saved their tiny Pacific Northwest town of Timbers from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they just want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their mysterious houseboat clubhouse. And also figure out their new Torchbearer responsibilities as keepers of the Darkdeep, an ancient whirlpool hidden in Still Cove that can make both dreams and nightmares into reality. But when a dangerous new breed of figments starts appearing on their own, and the very environment around them begins to spiral out of control, the friends realize they have no idea what they are doing-or how they're supposed to restrain the Darkdeep. They must uncover the pool's origins, as well as those of the freaky Thing in a Jar, a seemingly lifeless green creature Opal believes is communicating with her. To make matters worse, a trashy YouTube series has rolled into town intent on finding the Beast, the legendary local sea monster suddenly stirring up the countryside. As threats rapidly close in around them, the friends must fight to protect their secrets, defeat new enemies, and save Timbers and all that they love. Told from alternating points of view, this chilling sequel from bestselling duo Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs will once again have readers sleeping with the lights on.


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Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life, and saved their tiny Pacific Northwest town of Timbers from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they just want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their mysterious houseboat clubhouse. And also figure out their new Torchbearer responsibilities as keepers of the Darkd Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan survived their worst fears come to life, and saved their tiny Pacific Northwest town of Timbers from a monstrous figment invasion. Now they just want to keep their heads down, enjoy Halloween, and explore the secrets of their mysterious houseboat clubhouse. And also figure out their new Torchbearer responsibilities as keepers of the Darkdeep, an ancient whirlpool hidden in Still Cove that can make both dreams and nightmares into reality. But when a dangerous new breed of figments starts appearing on their own, and the very environment around them begins to spiral out of control, the friends realize they have no idea what they are doing-or how they're supposed to restrain the Darkdeep. They must uncover the pool's origins, as well as those of the freaky Thing in a Jar, a seemingly lifeless green creature Opal believes is communicating with her. To make matters worse, a trashy YouTube series has rolled into town intent on finding the Beast, the legendary local sea monster suddenly stirring up the countryside. As threats rapidly close in around them, the friends must fight to protect their secrets, defeat new enemies, and save Timbers and all that they love. Told from alternating points of view, this chilling sequel from bestselling duo Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs will once again have readers sleeping with the lights on.

30 review for The Beast

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    In The Darkdeep, a group of kids saved their town by holding back monsters formed from their own imaginations. The Figments were formed from their thoughts by the Darkdeep, which they now hold at bay as Torchbearers. Well, they are supposed to hold it at bay anyway.... As the kids try to learn what they have to do to keep control of the Darkdeep and stop the formation of Figments, things start to spiral out of control. Figments begin to form on their own, a creature stored in a jar on the boat m In The Darkdeep, a group of kids saved their town by holding back monsters formed from their own imaginations. The Figments were formed from their thoughts by the Darkdeep, which they now hold at bay as Torchbearers. Well, they are supposed to hold it at bay anyway.... As the kids try to learn what they have to do to keep control of the Darkdeep and stop the formation of Figments, things start to spiral out of control. Figments begin to form on their own, a creature stored in a jar on the boat might be communicating with one of them, and YouTubers show up in town searching for a legendary sea monster called the Beast. Can the kids protect Timbers once again? The first book in this series, The Darkdeep, totally hooked me on this group of characters and the premise of the Darkdeep. It's like Stand By Me, The Goonies, Gremlins, or Stranger Things....a group of kids thrown together having to deal with some scary and out of control situations. Except these kids can conjure up whatever pops into their heads. Dinosaurs, pop culture characters, scary monsters....whatever they think of, the Darkdeep can create and bring to life. While creating things using the whirlpool was fun at first.....it quickly became a problem when monsters over-ran the town during a local festival. This new story in the series finds kids are trying to learn their responsibilities as Torchbearers, while things around them rapidly warp out of control. Loved this book! Definitely still middle grade appropriate, but still entertaining and fun to read for adults! I love the characters and the premise. The story alternates point of view between the kids. Usually I find jumping POV to be distracting, but for this story it works. I felt so sorry for the kids trying to deal with the Freakshow in town. The Darkdeep has to remain hidden and that's really difficult with YouTube monster hunters in town. The ending leaves it open for another book. I hope so! I'm enjoying this series! I hope it continues. So far, this is the only series by either Ally Condie or Brendan Reichs that I have read. I really enjoy this concept, so I think I will branch out and try other books by these two writers. Brendan Reichs Co-authored the Virals series with his mother, Author Kathy Reichs. Ally Condie writes YA novels including Summerlost and The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Bloomsbury USA via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    The Figments are just the beginning. There is a whole lot more hidden beneath the Dark Deep.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you to NetGalley, Bloomsbury, and authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't quite as invested in this book as the first one, but it was still fun. Part of the reason is that there was not a Kindle version offered on NetGalley this time, only an Adobe Digital PDF, which means I had to sit and read off my computer screen. If a Kindle version were offered, like the first book, I would have read much faste Thank you to NetGalley, Bloomsbury, and authors Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't quite as invested in this book as the first one, but it was still fun. Part of the reason is that there was not a Kindle version offered on NetGalley this time, only an Adobe Digital PDF, which means I had to sit and read off my computer screen. If a Kindle version were offered, like the first book, I would have read much faster and probably been a bit more invested. The story is still a fun middle grade read, though! After the events of The Darkdeep, the people of Timbers go wild with the rumors of an actual sighting of "the Beast." Opal, Emma, Tyler, Nico, and Logan must keep the Darkdeep secret. They cannot share that these figments they think up come to life, and that they were there and know exactly what happened on the night of the Beast sighting. Now that Timbers is blooming into a tourist town because of this event, a YouTube show called Freakshow comes to town seeking answers and publicity for their show. Of course, the creators want people to say certain things that make the show more exciting, but when the children are asked about the Beast, they shrug it off and pass it on as nothing real. Their houseboat clubhouse is their secret. No one else would bother going into Still Cove because of the Beast rumors. Well, no one except Freakshow. Emma has a gig as their assistant, and she does everything she can to sway them from the truth and to stop them from going out to explore and film in Still Cove, where they might find the Darkdeep. Not only do the children have to keep Freakshow from the Darkdeep, but they are also on a quest to learn about the previous Torchbearers, the keepers and protectors of the Darkdeep. As strange phenomena begin to happen around town, their questions lead them right to Torchbearer connections, the responsibilities they deem to take onto themselves. And Thing, a blob in a jar in the Darkdeep, seems to have a mind of its own as it begins to communicate with Opal through her mind, and eventually with the other children as well. Thing seems helpful at first, but don't all blobs in jars have ulterior motives? I feel like the story was slightly more confusing than the first book. Probably because it has been a year since I read it. Since this is a middle grade book, a recap of the events of book one would have been nice, though this book does do a good job at revisiting events that happened recently in the lives of the characters (from book one). I thought the figments and phenomena were interesting, but a bit convoluted. It became much more clear as the children began to learn what was going on in their town and with the Darkdeep, and in a way, I like being confused or uncertain, the way the children in the book are, and learning along with them as they begin to make the connections between the phenomenae and the Darkdeep. The book ends with some fun potential for a third installment that I will gladly read. Still a fun book for a middle grade audience, even if it doesn't have the same mysterious flare as the first book. Don't get me wrong, there is still flare, it's just a different type of mystery than that which is presented in book one. Overall, enjoyable and would recommend!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    The Beast was just as much fun as The Darkdeep!   Nico, Opal, Emma, Tyler, and Logan are back again.  They are trying to follow clues to explain the Torchbearers and find that there is a lot of history in the town.  Something Opal hears has been giving them hints on where to go.  The voice in her head is Thing, the gooey thing in the jar that they thought was dead.  He starts telling him that there is a rift and they need to take care of that and The Darkdeep as Torchbeare The Beast was just as much fun as The Darkdeep!   Nico, Opal, Emma, Tyler, and Logan are back again.  They are trying to follow clues to explain the Torchbearers and find that there is a lot of history in the town.  Something Opal hears has been giving them hints on where to go.  The voice in her head is Thing, the gooey thing in the jar that they thought was dead.  He starts telling him that there is a rift and they need to take care of that and The Darkdeep as Torchbearers. A weird sulfur smell starts to surround them at the boat.  Then there is a bio luminescence algae and then weird storms.  Something isn't right.  New figments appear and the daggers don't stop them.  Thing starts telling them that they have to fix the rift.  That it's not balanced. During this same time, a film crew shows up to find "The Beast".  They are filming and searching everywhere.  Emma gets on the crew to try to keep them away from The Darkdeep.  Things do not go well and the kids not only have to fix something they don't understand, but they have to make sure the crew and town doesn't understand that figments and the beast are real.  Oh, and it's Halloween!  I love this group of friends.  I honestly think middle school kids are perfect for this type of book.  They have fear, but they also aren't as jaded as adults.  And their lack of impulse control and lack of planning tends to come in handy.  The trust between the five melts me.  I can't wait to see what they do next. I gave this book 4  1/2 stars (rounded up to five).  Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy for review. 

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I received an ARC from Book Expo. I really enjoyed this second book in the DarkDeep series. It's fast paced and middle schoolers will really enjoy it. Recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    ARC provided by the publisher Timbers is safe because of the efforts of Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan in The Darkdeep, and now the friends just want to get back to normal. That's not easy to do when creatures keep appearing even when the kids are not going into the pool at Still Cove. As Torchbearers, they all know they need to keep the various creatures at bay, because no one else in town seems to understand how serious the threat is. This is apparent when Colton Bridger of the ARC provided by the publisher Timbers is safe because of the efforts of Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and Logan in The Darkdeep, and now the friends just want to get back to normal. That's not easy to do when creatures keep appearing even when the kids are not going into the pool at Still Cove. As Torchbearers, they all know they need to keep the various creatures at bay, because no one else in town seems to understand how serious the threat is. This is apparent when Colton Bridger of the Freakshow shows up in town with his crew, intent of capturing the Beast for the show. The town has gone into Beast Fever, with t shirts, hamburgers and other tourist items for sale, and Emma wants so desperately to keep the producer away from Still Cove that she signs up to be an unpaid worker. There are some further clues about Torchbearers unearthed in town, and the green blob in a jar talks not only to Opal, but starts giving information to the others. More and more creatures make their way into our dimension, and the Torchbearers are told they need to "Repair the Seal" in the Rift. But how? During Halloween, there are an impressive number of creatures on the loose, but no one except our heroes realizes that they are a danger. Luckily, Tyler is able to save the day and keep the Beast from harming anyone. The Rift is still open, the blob seems more and more evil, and the Torchbearers are barely able to conceal the supernatural happenings. How long will they be able to keep Timbers safe? Strengths: I'm late to the trend of Stranger Things (I don't have a television, and I'm not about to PAY for programs.), but it must be a Big Deal because I've read several books that compare themselves to the program. Unexplained evil on the loose, children saving the day-- that's a whole lot of middle grade stories, but the fresh twist in The Darkdeep and The Beast is fighting monsters. I do have students ask for books about this topic, and there haven't been a whole lot. The monsters are well done (always good to delve into people's darkest fears), the small town setting adds another level of angst and politics, and the inclusion of a paranormal show trying to cover an event that they suspect is fake but is actually real is a fun twist. Weaknesses: I don't find monster books scary at all. Of all of the things that could happen in the world, this is about the least likely. I also don't believe in ghosts or space aliens, but even those seem more believable. Since my students get worried about things like killer clowns on the loose, however, this shouldn't be an issue with them. What I really think: I always need more scary books, so I'll definitely purchase.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Well, It Certainly Zips Along If you read a lot of middle grade and YA fantasy action/adventure your favorite books probably involve interesting and surprising characters, clever plot twists, possibly some youthful issues, and careful attention being paid to creating as authentic a fantasy feel as possible. If you read adult airport thrillers you're probably used to flat and predictable characters recently retired from a special forces unit, non-stop action, and wildly and almost inte Well, It Certainly Zips Along If you read a lot of middle grade and YA fantasy action/adventure your favorite books probably involve interesting and surprising characters, clever plot twists, possibly some youthful issues, and careful attention being paid to creating as authentic a fantasy feel as possible. If you read adult airport thrillers you're probably used to flat and predictable characters recently retired from a special forces unit, non-stop action, and wildly and almost intentionally implausible action scenes. This book struck me as an odd combination of those two styles. As to characters, only minimal effort is made to create distinct personalities for the five kids. Whatever you are going to know about them is set out in the first chapter or two and then they just behave to type after that. That said, the girls get to be strong characters, possibly the two strongest, and they get most of the amusing lines and solve most of the mysteries, so that's a nice plus. As to plot, this is a combination of monster battles, saving the world from a multi-verse tear, joining a secret society, and following the clues to a scavenger hunt. It all rattles along at a crazy pace, helped by intuition, telepathically delivered instructions, and insanely coincidental and fortuitous puzzle solving. You basically just get on the ride and hold on through the curves. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and it helps immensely that the action takes place in a number of great and well imagined locations, (mysterious houseboat, space warped whirlpool, crypt, underground hideout, cemetery, abandoned ocean oil rig). The book is well written. Dialogue is brief but effective. Action is clearly described. A side story about a goofy reality show star who shows up in town is handled with wry dismissive humor. This is a second book, and lots happened in the first book, but the first chapter of this one uses expository dialogue to very effectively bring new readers up to speed. So, on the one hand I tore through this, wanting to know what would happen next and curious to see what the next action curveball would be. On the other hand, I'm already forgetting the characters and the storyline. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aeicha

    After Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and new friend Logan, banded together to save their town of Timbers from the mysterious Darkdeep and its scary figments, they’re ready to take on their roles as new Torchbearers and keep the Darkdeep safe. But soon the five kids discover that their new responsibilities are anything but simple and they aren’t sure who or where to turn. Toss in a mind-talking goo creature, a pesky Youtube show invading Timbers, strange behaving figments, and a maybe all too real Beas After Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma, and new friend Logan, banded together to save their town of Timbers from the mysterious Darkdeep and its scary figments, they’re ready to take on their roles as new Torchbearers and keep the Darkdeep safe. But soon the five kids discover that their new responsibilities are anything but simple and they aren’t sure who or where to turn. Toss in a mind-talking goo creature, a pesky Youtube show invading Timbers, strange behaving figments, and a maybe all too real Beast, and the five friends will be lucky to survive Halloween. Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs return to their wildly fun and wickedly engrossing middle-grade The Darkdeep series with book two, The Beast. Once again, this superb writing duo have spun a spectacularly spooktastic and unputdownable tale, that will have young readers eagerly turning pages by flashlight late into the night. The Beast excitedly continues this smart, cinematic series with a storyline full of thrills, chills, and fantastic twists. The mystery and history of the Torchbearers, the houseboat, and the Darkdeep itself are wonderfully explored and expanded in book two, through pitch-perfect storytelling, excellent character development, and immersive world-building. Readers will have a blast joining our heroes as they race to thwart an annoying Youtube star, protect their town, survive Halloween, and somehow not end up grounded! The authors once again, create a fantastically lush, spine-tingling atmosphere and fill this bewitching world with cool, imaginative horror, fantasy, and sci-fi elements. And of course, at the heart of this story and series, is five capable, likable, and relatable young heroes who continue to be a joy to get to know. An engaging and engrossing story, an awesomely cinematic vibe, cool characters, and heart-pounding adventure and twists, make this book and series a perfect read for young readers, especially reluctant readers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anita McDivitt Barrios

    In this sequel, the five teens -- Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma and Logan -- discover that perhaps they haven't totally shut down the Darkdeep afterall. The leaks -- beginning with a full-fledged Pokemon Charizard -- start coming at the worst possible time, right before the town's Saturday Halloween festival and the Torchbearers' daggers are mysteriously no longer working to dispell the creatures. To make matters worse, rumors of "The Beast," the sort of Lochness monster haunting / protecti In this sequel, the five teens -- Nico, Opal, Tyler, Emma and Logan -- discover that perhaps they haven't totally shut down the Darkdeep afterall. The leaks -- beginning with a full-fledged Pokemon Charizard -- start coming at the worst possible time, right before the town's Saturday Halloween festival and the Torchbearers' daggers are mysteriously no longer working to dispell the creatures. To make matters worse, rumors of "The Beast," the sort of Lochness monster haunting / protecting the waters around the island where the Darkdeep is hidden, have trickled down to the producer of a reality-TV show, Freakshow, Colton Bridger. Bridger is determined to find the source of the rumors and rake in the ratings, at any cost. But then Opal starts getting messages from the green Thing in the jar. She trusts it, a decision which turns out to be far more important than any of them could have imagined. It holds both the key to the Torchbearers understanding their new roles and restoring balance to the breach in the portal between worlds. Emma infiltrates Bridger's crew as a grip and tries to keep them away from the The Beast and the Darkdeep, but things quickly spiral out of control and before they know it, it's full-video'ed mayhem at the festival, with monsters and goblins of all sorts and even The Beast making an appearance. I won't spoil the ending, just know there's no clear bad guy here -- well, maybe Bridger, but even he's pitiable by the end. A fun Halloween-inspired read! Visit my blog for more great middle grade book recommendations, free teaching materials and fiction writing tips: http://amb.mystrikingly.com/

  10. 5 out of 5

    FloeticFlo

    3.5 stars, rounded up Y'all. If you thought The Darkdeep was craaazay (aka "good crazy") then get ready for The Beast! This book takes everything literally to a whole new level. Like I was fully not expecting to go all the places this story went. I was sitting there reading it and just when I thought things couldn't get any more insane -- they totally did! There was so much going on here, what with the Beast, the figments, Freakshow, and the gang trying to solve another mys 3.5 stars, rounded up Y'all. If you thought The Darkdeep was craaazay (aka "good crazy") then get ready for The Beast! This book takes everything literally to a whole new level. Like I was fully not expecting to go all the places this story went. I was sitting there reading it and just when I thought things couldn't get any more insane -- they totally did! There was so much going on here, what with the Beast, the figments, Freakshow, and the gang trying to solve another mystery. It all ended up connecting of course, but daaaang. I am super impressed with the creativity of Ally and Brendan and this world they've created. This group of friends is pretty great, too. They have each other's backs 100%, always remembering their oath, "We look out for the Darkdeep, and we look out for each other." I was especially touched by some of their little actions, which actually weren't so little. Like Tyler's badass moment toward the end. And Nico subtlely cutting Logan some slack at one point. Like with the last novel, this one ended with a little hint about what's to come. I, of course, can't imagine what that is. But based on the teaser, I fully believe it's going to get even craaaazier than this one. I cannot wait! In the meantime, The Beast publishes Tuesday, September 24th. This is a fun series so far (although I will never look at Care Bears the same way, thank you very much, Brendan and Ally!!) and I recommend you give it a try if you're in the mood for a super creative adventure. This review is also on Book Nerds Across America: http://www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Perry

    This picks up with our friends shortly after the first book The Darkdeep ends. Nico, Opal, Tyler, Logan, and Emma just want a calm fun Halloween, without and special responsibilities, if you know what I mean. But since the problem during the festival the town has gone Beast crazy and so has it tourism. So now is not the greatest time for the real Beast to show up and with a camera crew in town and all, but the real question is how are the torchbearers going to keep it a secret with everything th This picks up with our friends shortly after the first book The Darkdeep ends. Nico, Opal, Tyler, Logan, and Emma just want a calm fun Halloween, without and special responsibilities, if you know what I mean. But since the problem during the festival the town has gone Beast crazy and so has it tourism. So now is not the greatest time for the real Beast to show up and with a camera crew in town and all, but the real question is how are the torchbearers going to keep it a secret with everything that is going on, and so much for that calm Halloween. I love this series it is great for all (all ages, boy or girl, reluctant reader or not, really everybody). This is a book that is not always what it appears, what you see on the surface isn't what you might find later on if you keep going in the book, and it might even change a few times, so keep going if you don't like something, I love these twists. The action will keep you on your toes as well, I realize I have only mentioned the Beast but do not by any means think he is the only thing (they are not all monsters) out there. I don't know how these two authors keep their stories so fresh and fun but I hope they have no plans on stopping anytime soon, because I just have to know what happens.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Thanks to Bloomsbury for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group. Nico, Logan, Emma, Tyler and Opal are back in this sequel to The Darkdeep. Just like the first book in the series, The Beast is told from multiple perspectives to give readers a sense of each character. The book begins with the group battling a new figment. Though no one has gone back into the Darkdeep, figments have returned, terrorizing the new Torchbearers. And that’s not the only thing terrorizing the island. There’s the Thanks to Bloomsbury for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group. Nico, Logan, Emma, Tyler and Opal are back in this sequel to The Darkdeep. Just like the first book in the series, The Beast is told from multiple perspectives to give readers a sense of each character. The book begins with the group battling a new figment. Though no one has gone back into the Darkdeep, figments have returned, terrorizing the new Torchbearers. And that’s not the only thing terrorizing the island. There’s the horrid smell of sulfur near the boat, strange glowing algae, freakish lightning storms, and a reality TV show there to film “The Beast” in action. Fast paced and action packed! What I loved most about this sequel was the sense of trust the Torchbearers had in each other. They each have their own role but come together quickly when one was in need. Goonies meets Stranger Things. Publishes 9/24.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

    Nico, Opal, Emma, Tyler and Logan are back. The DarkDeep keeps spitting out figments even though no one is going through it anymore. They don't know where they are coming from, but they are able to dispel them. It is getting close to Halloween, the "Beast" has become popular and is bringing in tourists, and now a You-tuber shows up from Freakshow to document what he can find. As the kids try to figure out what is going on with the DarkDeep, the green blob starts to communicate with them, the fig Nico, Opal, Emma, Tyler and Logan are back. The DarkDeep keeps spitting out figments even though no one is going through it anymore. They don't know where they are coming from, but they are able to dispel them. It is getting close to Halloween, the "Beast" has become popular and is bringing in tourists, and now a You-tuber shows up from Freakshow to document what he can find. As the kids try to figure out what is going on with the DarkDeep, the green blob starts to communicate with them, the figments start becoming where they can't be dispersed, and the you-tuber starts discovering more about what's going on. Will the kids be able to contain the chaos? Another great addition and a window left open for another book! Can't wait!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Portia

    I'm not usually a fan of scary stories but I can't get enough of the adventures of these kids and the Darkdeep! I loved the first book in the series and was very excited for the second one. And just like Reichs's "Nemesis" series, this book is even more strange and bizarre than the first one. While being an action-packed horror story, it is also a mystery that leads the kids through historical areas of the town they all thought that they knew so well. Add to that a green, glowing blob I'm not usually a fan of scary stories but I can't get enough of the adventures of these kids and the Darkdeep! I loved the first book in the series and was very excited for the second one. And just like Reichs's "Nemesis" series, this book is even more strange and bizarre than the first one. While being an action-packed horror story, it is also a mystery that leads the kids through historical areas of the town they all thought that they knew so well. Add to that a green, glowing blob and a successful YouTube show and you have a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the second book in the series (I definitely recommend reading the first book first) but does not suffer at all from the curse of the second book. Well written and full of action and adventure. This is the perfect book for any kid looking for something creepy and weird. It is scary without being terrifying and causing nightmares. Thanks to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for a copy of this book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    CR

    I really loved this cover. I thought it worked well for the story. This one opened really quickly. It really pulled me in and I read this one really fast. I didn't want to put this one down at all. The Beast was very easy to read and I didn't have any issues knowing the words. This story was well paced I thought it was on the slower side but that really worked. Nico and Opal were my favorite characters. I really hope that I get the chance to read the next title.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Barber

    Thank you to Bloomsbury for sharing an ARC with our reading group. The sequel to The Darkdeep, The Beast, may be even better than the first. This series scares THE PANTS off of me and I know my students will love it, too. Enjoyed the multiple perspectives, as I felt like I knew each character on a deeper level. Can’t wait for #3! There will be a third one, right?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie McFarlane

    A fast-paced sequel to the Darkdeep series. I read The Beast before reading the Darkdeep, but was not disappointed. The storyline moves at an excellent pace, for even the most reluctant MG reader. Mystery intertwined with horror, makes this story perfect for fans of the later HP books. Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for an advanced reading copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Burke

    I was a bit let down by Darkdeep, but I think that it maybe just suffered from “first book syndrome.” The Beast is quite entertaining and pretty complex for a middle school Goosebumps knockoff. The story amps up quite a bit, the true foundational mythology is laid, and the set up for a sequel is established.

  19. 5 out of 5

    donna

    Thank you MacMillan for the free arc via Edelweiss. This was a mix of Stranger Things and National Treasure. The only difference it was primarily with young kids and almost no adults. Interesting story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Utena

    RTC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.Heather Lassley

    Loved book 2 of this series. The 80s references were awesome! (Care Bears, Gremlins) The characters were fabulous. There is an obvious cliff hanger for a book 3.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    I didn't like this quite as much as the first one, but I think the kids liked it more. It was definitely action-packed and it was not at all uncommon for the kids to beg for one more chapter.

  23. 5 out of 5

    WheeldonHS

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Tanner

    Read my full review here https://imtanner.blogspot.com/2019/09...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mrs.Mares

    If you like Stranger Things, the Netflix show, science fiction books, or books about supernatural characters then this book is for you.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Readers of series like Spiderwick Chronicles, Fablehaven, Simon Thorn and other monster centered fantasy books will appreciate Condie and Reichs Darkdeep series. Reading them in order is likely preferred, but I started with this second installment and found that the authors did a good job of filling in how this group of teens joined forces to fight the creatures that emerge from from the jet black pool hidden under a creepy houseboat. The Beast provides much action as our heroes chase down (or a Readers of series like Spiderwick Chronicles, Fablehaven, Simon Thorn and other monster centered fantasy books will appreciate Condie and Reichs Darkdeep series. Reading them in order is likely preferred, but I started with this second installment and found that the authors did a good job of filling in how this group of teens joined forces to fight the creatures that emerge from from the jet black pool hidden under a creepy houseboat. The Beast provides much action as our heroes chase down (or are chased by) assorted evil beings and manage to kill, banish, and dispatch each one, but some of the relationship dynamics get in the way of the excitement and some of the battles seem somewhat redundant. I am also unsure of the target audience. Constant references to Pokémon and other games and activities enjoyed by the upper elementary school-aged crowd plus reviews by professional librarian journals seem to place the series with students in grades 3-6. But the ages of the book’s main characters, efforts of some to couple off, and the length and reading level seem to place it with those in grades 6-8. Librarians and care-givers of both groups will be pleased to note the lack of profanity and sexual content, but naturally monster-killing does mean that violence will be present throughout.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annabeth Tyler

    I really enjoyed this book. I'd like to say thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a ARC to review. I really enjoyed it! As soon as I read the first book in the series, I knew I had to get a hold of the second one. This book is really special to me for reasons I can't really explain, and the sequel lived up to all my expectations. It took a few twists and turns I wasn't expecting, but in a good way. I don't want to spoil anything, which makes a review hard because the book is litera I really enjoyed this book. I'd like to say thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a ARC to review. I really enjoyed it! As soon as I read the first book in the series, I knew I had to get a hold of the second one. This book is really special to me for reasons I can't really explain, and the sequel lived up to all my expectations. It took a few twists and turns I wasn't expecting, but in a good way. I don't want to spoil anything, which makes a review hard because the book is literally one big plot twist, but overall I was satisfied with the book. I found it very interesting and very clean. Just the way I like it. To me the characters are kind of one-dimensional, but that's probably the only thing I didn't really like. Outside of that I was very entertained by the story. Plus I've had the pleasure of meeting both Brendan and Ally and they're a blast. The story was funny, interesting, and an an insane adventure in literary form. And in the end, that's all a book really needs to be, isn't it? I give stars for The Beast!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Benich

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarai Davila

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